Now in 3D! Microscope offers new way to view live cancer cells

first_imgIn what could transform the study of cells’ interactions with their environment, researchers have invented a microscope that can look at live cancer cells in 3D, with high resolution in every direction. Previously, high-resolution live imaging has been done with cells cultured on glass slides, which flattens samples. Live cells are highly sensitive to their surroundings, so the new microscopy strategy—which replaces glass slides with blocks of collagen—could help reveal more natural behaviors. The technique, called microenvironmental selective plane illumination microscopy (meSPIM), uses exceptionally long, thin beams of laser light to trigger fluorescence in a sample, causing it to glow. It can reveal details as small as 300 nanometers while maintaining a wide field of view in samples that mimic real tissues. This could allow researchers to watch complex processes such as cell signaling in cancerous and noncancerous tissue, according to a study published today in Developmental Cell. In that work, the researchers found that melanoma cells behave differently inside the collagen, versus under glass slides, forming a greater number of rounded bulges known as “blebs.” They were able to measure factors such as the size and shape of the blebs and the distribution of particular proteins using algorithms that quantified what the microscope saw. In the lung cancer cell shown above at left, red shades indicate the presence of actin, a structural protein important in cell movement. In the melanoma cell to its right, red indicates activity of a signaling molecule called PI3-kinase. Such images could help researchers learn how cancer cells invade other tissues.last_img read more

UAAP taekwondo: NU starts strong in title-retention bid

first_imgBlackwater owner hoping for the best amid lockout fears MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Univesity put on a strong start in its campaign to retain the the women’s division title, dismantling De La Salle, 5-2, in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo tournament at Blue Eagle Gym.Sisters Rhezie and Rheza Aragon led the way for the Lady Bulldogs.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bullpups, which lost to the Tiger Cubs via tiebreak, settled for second while De La Salle-Zobel completed the podium after edging out UE for third place. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Malditas save PH from shutout View comments University of the Philippines, meanwhile, took the top seed in the men’s division after scoring a close 4-3 victory over University of Santo Tomas and a 6-1 domination of Ateneo.UST and Ateneo also chalked up early victories in the women’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Golden Tigresses ran rampant against University of the East, 6-1, while last year’s Rookie of the Year Pauline Lopez led the Lady Eagles to a 4-3 win over UP.In the juniors division, UST snapped UE’s four-year reign and became the new rulers of the high school tournament behind MVP Israel Cantos. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READlast_img read more

F1: Rosberg takes pole for Abu Dhabi GP, ahead of Hamilton

first_imgNico Rosberg extended his streak of pole positions to six when he edged Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Saturday’s qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.Rosberg’s final lap was 0.377 of a second faster than Hamilton at Yas Marina circuit, and he became the eighth man in Formula One history to record six straight poles. The all-time record is eight, set by Ayrton Senna over the 1988 and 1989 seasons.It was the 15th time this season that Mercedes had locked out the front row of the grid, establishing a new F1 record. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen qualified third but his teammate Sebastian Vettel was down in 16th after the team miscalculated its tire allocation.Force India’s Sergio Perez will start from fourth on the grid in Sunday’s race – equaling his career-best qualifying performance – ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.Completing the top ten were: Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Felipe Massa of Williams, Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. Hamilton has already secured the drivers’ championship but has been off the pace of Rosberg late in the season, with the German aiming for a hat trick of wins on Sunday.Rosberg said “it’s not a revival, and I have not reinvented anything.””Before it was close in one direction, now it is quicker in this direction,” Rosberg said. “At the moment I am quicker and I’m very pleased about that and happy to be on pole again.”Hamilton was not surprised by second place again, saying “I’ve been struggling with the car a little all weekend. It generally feels a little bit better in the race, but it’s been a while now I’m struggling on the edge with the car. I was a lot more comfortable at the beginning of the year.”advertisementRaikkonen’s pace was impressive, with his qualifying time only four tenths of a second behind Hamilton, but Ferrari was left to rue a critical miscalculation with Vettel. It gambled that the German could progress to Q2 on the harder of the two tires, but Vettel finished in 16th, missing out on Q2 by just a hundredth of a second.”No issues with the car,” Vettel said. “We thought that it would be enough to go through to Q2 with a lap on the softs but it wasn’t.””As a team we didn’t do the right decision today and that has a big consequence.”last_img read more

Raymond Group to invest Rs 425 crore in Maharashtra

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 20 (PTI) The Raymond Group, under JK Investors (Bombay) Ltd, today signed pacts worth Rs 425 crore with the government of Maharashtra.This would be to set up residential complex, commercial amenities, school project and sport complex in Nandgaon Peth, Amravati, the group said in a statement.As per the MoU, signed during the Magnetic Maharashtra investors summit, the state government will facilitate JK Investors (Bombay) to obtain necessary permissions, registrations, approvals, clearances, fiscal incentives.The project would commence in FY 2018-19, it added.The first MoU is for a proposed investment of Rs 50 crore to set up a School Project and Sport Complex, while the second one is of Rs 375 crore for setting up a residential complex and commercial amenities with 2,000 houses.The Raymond Group recently inaugurated a new Greenfield Linen manufacturing facility in the newly created Textile Park in Nandgaon Peth, Amravati, under its subsidiary Raymond Luxury Cottons Ltd. PTI KRH SA –last_img read more

UNDRIP Bill C262 finally reaches the Senate committee and Conservative skepticism

first_imgJustin Brake, Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsIf Bill C-262 is to pass before the House rises next month, some Conservative Senators will have to be convinced it won’t create new problems for Canada.On Tuesday Cree MP Romeo Saganash’s private members’ bill had its first day before the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.If passed, it would require Canada to align its laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which articulates the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous Peoples.But the proposed legislation, introduced in the House of Commons by Saganash in 2016, could meet its demise on the order paper if its proponents, and witnesses who will address the committee in the coming days, don’t convince Conservative senators the bill won’t have unintended legal and economic consequences for Canada.“We all acknowledge that Canadians, I believe, overwhelmingly support the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” Conservative Senator and committee Deputy Chair Scott Tannas told APTN News Tuesday.  But if [the bill] involves more court cases and economic disruption, they’re not in support of it,” he continued, adding Canadians have “never been asked that question.“We don’t know if they’re in support of it — but I suspect they’re not. So we need to get clarity around this, and that’s our job here in the Senate.”(From the left, NDP MP Romeo Saganash, Wilton Littlechild, and Senator Murray Sinclair at the Senate hearings Tuesday. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)The committee heard from several witnesses Tuesday, including Saganash himself, and Senator Murray Sinclair, who is the bill’s senate sponsor and, a former judge and chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“A lot is being made of the possibility that the U.N. Declaration itself is going to become the law of Canada by virtue of this bill, and that is not the case,” Sinclair said in his opening remarks to the committee Tuesday.“People need to stop suggesting that, because the only extent to which this bill will have an impact anywhere in that direction is that it will call upon Canada to look at its legislation and to make its legislation consistent with the principles that are set out in the Declaration.”The Act, specifically, would require the federal government, “in consultation and cooperation with indigenous peoples in Canada, [to] take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”Laurie Sargent, an assistant deputy minister with Justice Canada, testified to the committee that the government, which supports C-262, would use the legislation as part of a “comprehensive approach” to achieving the goals of the UNDRIP.Sargent said the bill “provides a framework” for the feds to “ensure that federal laws contribute to achieving the objectives of the Declaration,” and that the work would be done “in cooperation, collaboration and consultation with Indigenous Peoples.”Cree Senator Mary Jane McCallum said concerns that C-262 would give Indigenous Peoples a “veto” over resource development projects has amounted to “fear mongering.”She said this notion “creates a conflict of interest with Parliamentarians supporting industry over First Nations’ rights.”(“We need to get clarity around this,” says Senator Scott Tannas of Bill C-262. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)Joe Wild, a senior assistant deputy minister with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, told the committee C-262 will help Canada implement UNDRIP.The bill, if passed, would require Crown-Indigenous Relations to report to Parliament annually on the progress made toward achieving the bill’s goal.Wild said the bill would hold decision-makers to account for their work implementing UNDRIP.“It also provides transparency for Canadians across the country in that they’ll be able to see that there is a plan and that they’ll then be able to judge for themselves [if] the measures the government is taking are adequate to implement the declaration,” he added.In 2016 former Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould called the bill “unworkable,” saying it was a “political distraction to undertaking the hard work actually required to implement [UNDRIP] back home in communities.”Tannas asked Sargent if she could explain the government’s change in position, after Wilson-Raybould and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett stated the Liberals’ support for the bill in 2017.“There was a shift, and I’m not going to get into the reasons for that,” Sargent said, explaining that the bill was regarded as part of a “more ambitious plan to move the agenda of the U.N. Declaration forward. And in the end C-262 has carried through, whereas some of those other elements may not have.”Last year, against major pushback from First Nations leaders, the Trudeau government halted its plans to overhaul Indigenous rights-related legislation before the 2019 election.Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, who testified alongside Saganash and Sinclair, told the committee Tuesday that in his 25 years attending United Nations meetings in the fight for Indigenous rights, and in drafting the U.N. Declaration, that he is familiar with resistance to the human rights standards set out for Indigenous Peoples.“I can assure you I heard every single argument against a declaration, why we should not have a declaration,” he said.“We were only trying to catch up to the rest of the world. They had human rights. We didn’t. We wanted to catch up to the rest of the world. And the U.N. Declaration was one way to do it.”(NDP MP Romeo Saganash introduced Bill C-262 as a path towards reconciliation. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)Saganash, a residential school survivor, told the committee C-262 is an important step toward reconciliation.“When I came out of residential school after 10 years, I set out to do two things,” he said.“One of them was to go back to the bush, live off the land, which I did for two years. But importantly, perhaps, was the promise to reconcile with the people who put me away for 10 years. And Bill C-262 represents that reconciliation for me.”Speaking with APTN after the committee hearing, Tannas said the Senate “has over the last 100 years traditionally not dealt very well with private members’ bills.“It’s just been one of those things,” he said, adding C-262 “is not getting treated in any different way than many private members’ bills that find their way into the Senate.”Tannas said in the coming days committee will hear from witnesses who will speak more to the concerns some have over C-262’s implications for Canadian law and economic uncertainty.Sanagash told APTN that the same concerns were already raised when the bill was sent to the House of Commons committee, which heard from more than 70 witnesses and experts.“The study of this bill has happened, and it’s been in the work for three decades now,” he said. “We’ve been discussing these rights, inherent rights, for the last three decades. So I think it’s important to move on now with reconciliation.” read more

Expat oil worker hurt in Iraq row over Shiite insult

first_imgBASRA, Iraq: A foreign oil worker was hospitalized after being attacked at Iraq’s biggest oilfield where local residents accused him of insulting their religion, officials said Tuesday.They said the employee of US oil services firm Schlumberger, identified by Iraqi officials as a Briton, had on Monday tried to remove flags and pamphlets commemorating Imam Hussein, a venerated figure in Shiite Islam, just days before annual rituals marking his death.Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki also waded into the dispute, calling for the deportation of the oil worker, who he said was an engineer. “A British employee took down a flag for Hussein and a picture of Imam Ali (another key Shiite figure) from the cars of the security company, and tore them down with a knife,” said Ali Salim Shaddad, a member of the provincial council of Basra, which is predominantly Shiite Muslim.The incident took place at the Rumaila oilfield in south Iraq, where Britain’s BP and China’s CNPC have been working with oil services companies to ramp up output.“This provoked a group of workers, and they went and hit him repeatedly,” said Shaddad.“He was transferred to Al-Fayhaa hospital in Basra, and he is now in the custody of Iraqi forces.”Shaddad said there were demands for Schlumberger’s offices in Basra to be closed and its foreign staff deported.Maliki himself issued a statement calling for the oil worker to be deported, while also urging local residents to exercise restraint.The incident follows a similar one days earlier in which an Egyptian employee of Baker Hughes, another American oil services firm, also tried to remove flags commemorating Imam Hussein and Imam Ali from vehicles he was to use.It sparked protests which spurred the authorities to arrest the Egyptian, Shaddad said, on charges of insults against religion. The case is ongoing.The two incidents come amid commemorations marking the death of Imam Hussein in 680 AD at the hands of the armies of the caliph Yazid, which has over time come to mark the symbolic split between Islam’s Sunni and Shiite sects.To mark the occasion, millions of Shiites converge on the Iraqi city of Karbala, which houses a shrine to Imam Hussein.Several foreign energy firms, including from the US, Britain and China, are operating on oilfields across southern Iraq as the country seeks to overcome decades of war and sanctions to boost output and fund much-needed reconstruction.last_img read more

JVP accuses Maithripala of betraying people

However Silva said that Sirisena had now gone against the wishes of those very people who brought him to power by deciding to give Rajapaksa nominations.He said that Sirisena had also betrayed the political parties and civil society who had worked hard to ensure Rajapaksa and his family rule was brought to an end on January 8. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused President Maithripala Sirisena of betraying the people by giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the Parliament election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the statement issued by UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayantha makes it official that Rajapaksa has been given nominations to contest the polls. “This is a betrayal of the mandate given to the President on January 8. In recent times this can be seen as the greatest betrayal,” Silva said at a media conference today. He recalled that a majority of the people in the country had voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election and backed Sirisena as President. Tilvin Silva said that the JVP will campaign for the Parliament elections by looking to ensure the January 8 revolution is not reversed on August 17. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNs Iraq envoy meets with Mufti at Baghdad mosque

In his meeting with UN envoy Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, Sheikh Jamal Abdul Karim Al-Daban raised the issue of detainees, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). “Mr. Qazi and Sheikh Al-Daban also explored the means through which the United Nations can be more effective in facilitating educational and cultural projects in t Baghdad,” UNAMI said.

Pensioner claims his privacy has been invaded by neighbours children bouncing on

Mr Croucher said that when he approached his neighbours over the issue, they told him “it is my garden and we can do what we like”.He now feels “uncomfortable” tending to the memorial dedicated to his sister which is placed by the fence near the trampoline.Mr Croucher, along with his ex-partner, live in the four-bedroom property on Albert Road, which is managed by Fortis Living.He added: “We have lived here for 36 years and have brought up our five children in this house.”We are too old to move out and why should we when we have been here all these years?” He said: “When the family first bought the trampoline last year, they placed it in the middle of their garden. But on Sunday, they moved the trampoline closer to my fence. Now whenever the kids use it their heads bob up and can peer straight into my windows.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A furious pensioner is claiming his privacy is being invaded by the family next door whose children are able to look through his windows when bouncing on their trampoline.Derrick Croucher, who lives in Droitwich, Worcestershire, said he approached his neighbours over the issue but they refused to move the trampoline away from the fence dividing his and their gardens.The 71-year-old claims the youngsters can see into his garden and home when they bounce up and down outside.“I asked for their consideration on my privacy as it is upsetting and affecting our lives. It means we cannot go in the garden without being watched – it invades our privacy,” Mr Croucher said.He added: “I want the kids to play, but my argument is why has the trampoline got to be so close to my fence where it could cause damage? It is my fence, I want to make sure it doesn’t break. It also gives them an opportunity to see over into my garden and look through my windows into my house.”The father-of-five said the family originally placed the trampoline in the middle of their garden, but became upset by their decision to move it closer to his fence on February 17. read more

Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months for contempt of court over social

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tommy Robinson with Katy Hopkins arriving together for his sentencing at the Old Bailey Tommy Robinson has been jailed for nine months, but will serve just 10 weeks, after being found in contempt of court for broadcasting a video on social media which featured defendants in a criminal trial.Riot police were called in to attend as crowds of Robinson’s supporters reacted to the sentencing outside the Old Bailey. Eight people were arrested last week when Robinson previously appeared in court.  The founder of the English Defence League (EDL), whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found to have committed contempt of court following a two-day hearing at the Old Bailey last week.Dame Victoria Sharp and Mr Justice Warby found Robinson was in contempt in three respects when he filmed men accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls and live-streamed the footage on Facebook, in breach of a reporting ban, outside Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.Passing sentence, Dame Victoria said: “Nothing less than a custodial penalty would properly reflect the gravity of the conduct we have identified.” Protesters and riot police outside the Old Bailey Credit:Getty  “The respondent (Robinson) cannot be given credit for pleading guilty. He has lied about a number of matters and sought to portray himself as the victim of unfairness and oppression. “This does not increase his sentence, but it does mean that there can be no reduction for an admission of guilt.” Protesters and riot police outside the Old Bailey  Tommy Robinson with Katy Hopkins arriving together for his sentencing at the Old BaileyCredit:PA Giving reasons for the decision on Tuesday, Dame Victoria said Robinson encouraged “vigilante action” in the video, which lasted an hour-and-a-half and was viewed online 250,000 times on the morning of the broadcast.The judge said the words he used in the video would have been understood by viewers as “an incitement” to harass the defendants and “gave rise to a real risk the course of justice would be seriously impeded”.Throughout the Old Bailey hearing, Robinson denied any wrongdoing, saying he did not believe he was breaching reporting restrictions and only referred to information that was already in the public domain.Robinson was jailed for 13 months after being found in contempt of court on the day of the broadcast. Show more Because Robinson has already served 69 days for the Leeds contempt case, which was eventually overturned and retried last week, Dame Victoria said he would be required to serve nearly 10 weeks in prison.Speaking after the sentencing, the Attorney General said: “Today’s sentencing of Yaxley-Lennon serves to illustrate how seriously the courts will take matters of contempt.”Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings has consequences, and I would urge everyone to think carefully about whether their social media posts could amount to contempt of court.” He served two months in jail before being freed after the original finding of contempt was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2018. But the case was then referred back to the Attorney General, who announced in March that it was in the public interest to bring fresh proceedings against Robinson.Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby gave permission for the Attorney General to bring a new case against Robinson at a hearing in May.In an appearance on the far-Right conspiracy theory website InfoWars on Monday, Robinson asked US President Donald Trump to grant him asylum in America, claiming he faced being killed in prison if he was jailed on Thursday. read more

French company offers a 399 cooking tablet

first_imgWhile it may not be the biggest market in the consumer electronics space, there definitely are a lot of people who keep a tablet or a laptop in the kitchen so they can look up recipes, check out new cooking tips, etc. Now, a French company thinks that there are enough Americans who might fit this mold that it is prepared to launch a $400 tablet that is all about cooking.The Linux-based 10-inch device — the Qooq (pronounced “cook”) — is meant to be more than just a fancy way to look at recipes. It is designed, as the company calls it, as a virtual cooking coach. So not only does it contain more than 4,000 recipes, it also has seamless access to hundreds of helpful videos to learn various culinary techniques. These videos are exclusive to the Qooq platform.In addition to that, it contains a wealth of information about different ingredients, including calorie counts, to help users make the best meal choices. Oh, and it was exclusively designed in the culinary capital of the world, France, so you know it’s legit.There are options to connect to social networks, check email, and browse the Web, but for the most part the Qooq is all about cooking. To that end, it is spill-proof and slip-proof in order to endure the usual tortures of the kitchen.In addition to buying the tablet, users are also required to pay fees to get the latest content updates. In Europe, this is around $15 per month. Qooq will be making its way to the US “soon.”This is obviously best pitched as a holiday product, and that is exactly what Qooq is doing with its November launch date. The idea of paying $400 for a tablet that really only does one thing will not sit that well with most budget-conscious consumers. It does make a great gift idea, though. If nothing else, it can carve out a nice little niche for itself here in the US market.via Qooqlast_img read more

Man Utds Class of 92 pick their alltime Premier League XI

first_imgManchester United’s Class of 92 achieved an astonishing amount of success together and played against some the greatest footballers to ever have graced the Premier League and now they’ve picked the very bestClass of 92 alumni Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville all came through United’s youth teams in the early 1990s along with a certain David Beckham.Together, the six men went on to achieve incredible feats which saw them go from winning FA Youth Cup win in 1992 to leading United to a historic treble in the 1998/99 season by winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.Now five of the stars of that generation in Giggs, Butt, Scholes and the Neville brothers have teamed up to use their experience to pick an all-time Premier League XI in an interview for Sky Sports’ Super Six.But the one key rule of the game was that they could not pick anyone who ever played for United.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Class of 92’s all-time Premier League XIGoalkeeper: David Seaman (a.k.a. “Safe Hands”)Right back: Pablo ZabaletaCentre-back: Vincent KompanyCentre-back: John TerryLeft-back: Ashley ColeCentral midfield: Patrick VieiraCentral midfield: Steven GerrardCentral midfield: Frank LampardForward: Eden HazardForward: Alan ShearerForward: Thierry HenryThe Class of 92 stars were then handed the though choice in including a former or current United star into their line-up.After initially joking that they could include him at right-back, Gary Neville then suggested they add goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel to replace Arsenal and England legend Seaman.But eventually, they all decided on replacing Hazard with United legend Cristiano Ronaldo after Nicky Butt’s suggestion.Ronaldo had managed 84 goals and 45 assists in 196 Premier League appearances to help United on their way to three league crowns before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009 for a then-world record fee of €94m.last_img read more

Bharat day 1 box office collection Salman Khans movie registers massive earning

first_imgBharat box office collectionYouTube ScreenshotSalman Khan’s Bharat took off on an excellent note at the box office. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the movie registered a phenomenal collection at the domestic market on day 1.Bharat released on the occasion of Eid, and took full advantage of the holiday. The film witnessed impressive occupancy at theatres from morning shows itself. The footfalls increased manifolds towards the evening shows, assuring a record-breaking opening day box office collection for Bharat on Wednesday.Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat was earlier expected to face hurdle in its opening day business due to India vs South Africa World Cup match. But the film proved the expectations wrong. The emotional drama reportedly registered an occupancy of around 40 percent in the morning shows, which increased to around 70 percent towards the evening shows across theatres in India.With a screen count of 4,700 across India, Bharat collected Rs 42.30 crore at the Indian box office on day 1 (Wednesday), becoming Salman’s highest ever opening day grossing movie. It has beat the record of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which had made Rs 40 crore on first day.”#Salmania grips the nation… #Bharat storms the BO… Proves *yet again* Salman Khan is the biggest crowd puller… #Bharat opens much bigger than Salman – Ali Abbas Zafar’s #TigerZindaHai [₹ 34.10 cr] and #Sultan [₹ 36.54 cr]… Wed ₹ 42.30 cr. India biz,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.It is a huge opening for the film, and if the word of mouth remains strong, Bharat may end the first weekend with a record-breaking collection. Advance booking for the film was superb that reflected in the opening day business of the film.Although the negative reviews from critics might impact its earning to some extent, Bharat is likely to continue the impressive run at the box office for the immense hype around it.Apart from Salman, the film also features Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover and Jackie Shroff among others. Based on the Korean film Ode To My Father, Bharat is set on the backdrop of India-Pakistan partition.last_img read more

New Zealand tightens gun laws further after mosque attack

first_imgA still image taken from video circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019. Photo: ReutersNew Zealand announced plans for a national firearms register Monday in its second round of gun law reforms following the Christchurch mosque attacks which killed 51 Muslim worshippers.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said regulations around who could hold firearm licences would also be tightened to “stop weapons falling into the wrong hands”.Ardern said the March 15 killings, when a gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, had changed attitudes towards gun ownership in New Zealand.”There is a new normal around firearms, it is a change of mindset,” she told reporters.”The most dangerous weapons are being taken out of circulation.”The government’s initial response to the attack was an immediate ban on the military style semi-automatic rifles (MSSAs) used in the worst massacre in modern New Zealand history.Police Minister Stuart Nash said the latest changes were needed to keep track of firearms in the community.”Under the current law, we do not know exactly how many guns are in circulation, who owns them, who is selling them, who is buying them or how securely they are stored,” he said.The register, which is expected to take five years to complete, will contain details of the estimated 1.2 million firearms in New Zealand, for a population of around five million.The second round of gun law reform also includes a ban on foreign nationals purchasing firearms — the accused Christchurch gunman Brenton Tarrant is an Australian who allegedly bought an arsenal of rifles while living on the South Island.It also bars people with convictions for violence, gang activity, drug or firearm offences from holding a licence.A nationwide buyback scheme including 250 “collection events” run by police, was launched this month, allowing members of the public to hand in weapons before a six-month amnesty expires.Nash said there had been a strong response during the first week of the buyback, with more than 11,000 prohibited firearms and parts handed in.”Firearms owners want to do the right thing. Many events have seen people queueing before the doors open, ready to hand in firearms, parts and ammunition,” he said.last_img read more

District police yet to make arrests over tigers death

first_imgKolkata: Although two days have passed since the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger was found dead inside Bagghora forest near Lalgarh with multiple injuries, the district police are yet to make any arrests in this regard.A senior police officer of Jhargram claimed they have interrogated 12 people from the nearby village in this connection so far. The district police super clarified that no FIR was lodged against any particular person. A section of media had reported saying that an FIR was lodged against two hunters who received injuries after being attacked by the tiger. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe district police super Alok Rajoria on Sunday said the FIR was lodged by the range officer against unknown persons in connection with the death of the big cat. A case has been started under various sections of Wild Life Protection Act.”There was confusion that an FIR was lodged against two persons. However, it was not lodged against any particular person. We have already interrogated 12 villagers in this connection so far. The two victims – Bablu Hansda and Badal Hasda Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedwho received injuries are also being interrogated. We are talking to the forest department officials in this regard,” Rajoria said during a press conference on Sunday.It was learnt that the two injured persons during investigation have told the police that they did not know about the presence of tiger in the forest. They also narrated the whole incident of getting attacked by the tiger attack.It can also be mentioned here that the postmortem report hinted that the skull of the tiger was crushed by heavy substances. Injury marks also suggested that the tribes who took part in the hunting festival attacked the animal with various weapons. A spear like weapon remained stuck in its throat when it’s body was recovered by the forest department.According to preliminary investigation, police suspect that nearly some one taking part in the hunting festival had attacked the tiger. Police are yet to identify the accused who hit the tiger with the weapons. The CCTV footages are also being examined in this connection so far.last_img read more

Live Delays on major roads as snow and ice hit region

first_imgIn 1990 we had PROPER snow This is how to drive in ice & snow How to stay safe in snow on commute Why do schools close when it snows? A snowy Stoke-on-Trent in 1981 A weather warning remains in force across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this morning. Tuesday saw snow and ice across a large part of the region, with further snow this morning. Congestion is reported on major roads across the area. A number of schools have announced they will be shut – check our live list here. Staffordshire Police have this morning said they have already received reports of a number of accidents in the county. A spokesman said:  “It’s very cold this morning with lots of frost. Please drive to the conditions; there is lots of hidden black ice. We have already received a few reports of car crashes this morning. “West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are also in attendance. Drive to arrive. ” A Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for snow and ice remains in force across the region until 11am this morning (Wednesday January 30). The latest Met Office weather forecast for the West Midlands region, which includes Staffordshire, states:  “A cold and icy start for many, with sunny spells and isolated wintry showers, which may leave a dusting of snow in places. “The showers will gradually ease later this afternoon. Frost quickly returning in the evening.” Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say they have already had to free one motorist following an accident on the A518 between Stafford and the Shropshire  border. A spokeswoman added:  “Please take care whilst driving on the roads this morning. It is cold and icy.” A number of events are cancelled including Leek Market and the Wednesday Club in Smallthorne. Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport are also dealing with disruption, with Manchester Airport closing its runway. Firefighters at the scene of the accident on the A518 this morning (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)center_img Read MoreSnow in Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire 7 fun ways to enjoy snow with kids 8 local places to go sledging! Your rights if you can’t make it to work   Derbyshire County Council are also continuing to report the A53 (Buxton-Leek), A54 (Buxton to Bosley/Congleton) and A537 Cat and Fiddle (Buxton to Macclesfield) remain closed after snow in the region – which may cause issues for traffic heading that way. A second weather warning is also due to come into force on Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. We’ll be bringing you live updates as we get them on the feed below.19:28Our gritting team started gritting again at 6pm this evening to cover for the risk of ice damp roadsPlease still take care on untreated roads #snow #uksnow #gritting #GritterTwitter #EatSleepGritRepeat #EatSleepShiftChangeRepeat— Stoke Highways (@stokehighways) January 30, 201919:27A5272 High Lane partially blocked, heavy traffic due to accident at Greenbank Road.Police confirm an accident has occurred on the junction. 18:28One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down car on M6 Northbound between M6 (Stafford Services) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. There was also a separate broken down van with a trailer in close proximity, however this cleared just prior to 18:20. Stafford Services is located between J14 and J15. 18:27A530 Nantwich Road Southbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident, two cars involved near Rising Sun Inn.Affecting traffic between Crewe and Nantwich18:02Please take extra care if you’re out and about this evening – temperatures are set to drop below freezing once again and we’re expecting fog and ice in places across the county. ⛄ ❄️— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) January 30, 201916:46Please take care when out in the snow and iceA concerned reader is warning youngsters not to walk on iced-over ponds. One child fell through some ice in Burslem Grange but was able to climb to safety.16:30YELLOW WARNING for ice and fogThe Met Office have issued a warning for ice fog, in force tonight and tomorrow morning.Areas of freezing fog will form across England on Wednesday night and be slow to clear on Thursday morning.What to expect…Slower journey times with delays to bus and train services possibleThere is a chance of delays or cancellations to flightsProbably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle pathsSome injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces16:27One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane one (of four) is closed to assist.16:27Report from a reader: A512 is partially blocked road by Beacon business park. There is a dropped load, police there and quite a build up of traffic.15:38All services are now running on their normal routes.— The Potteries buses (@potteriesbuses) January 30, 201914:36Trains blocked due to cable damage between Stoke-on-Trent and MacclesfieldServices at a stand on Northern between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield due to overhead power cable problems.14:21Gritting continues in Cheshire East.A Cheshire East spokesman said:All gritting routes throughout Cheshire East are currently being treated and the higher routes of the borough will be treated again from 02:00��️ Please drive to the conditions with extra care .”14:19Overhead power cable problemsDelays of up to 25 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield due to overhead power cable problems.14:13A54 and Cat and Fiddle openThe A54 and the Cat and Fiddle are both open.12:25Issues on A53 continue – we have reports of an accident. Hazardous driving conditions and slow traffic due to snow on A53 Leek Road in both directions between Flash (Knights Table Travellers Rest, Flash) and A54 Macclesfield Main Road (Buxton).The road was fully closed due to the snow conditions. Conditions have improved however the sensors show that traffic is still taking it easy along this stretch. Extra caution still needed. 11:41A53 reopensThe A53 is now fully open between Leek and Buxton.11:30One runway at Manchester Airport has reopened for departure flights11:07Something a bit differentGareth Collier sent us this photo of a fox in his garden in Leek (Image: Gareth Collier)10:22Traffic clearing on most routesTraffic has now cleared on most routes.10:18Statement from ambulance serviceNorth West Ambulance Service, Director Operations Ged Blezard comments: “As with all road users, in the current snowy conditions, our ambulances are not able to travel as quickly as usual and so we would ask the public to please be patient if calling 999 – we will reach you as quickly and safely as we can. Our phone lines are very busy and we must prioritise those who are seriously ill or have life-threatening conditions. For non-urgent conditions, please use 111 online or call 111 for advice. “Thankfully, we are not having any major problems in terms of staff reaching stations to start their shifts, however, we have asked mountain rescue teams across the region to be on standby and non frontline clinical staff will also be responding to emergency calls. “Driving conditions are treacherous so please do take care, keep speeds low and a good distance between you and the vehicle in front. Pavements and pathways are also very slippery so unless your journey is absolutely necessary, we would advise people, particularly the elderly, to stay indoors and keep warm.”09:46Queuing traffic on A534Queueing traffic due to snow on A534 Sandbach Road from Sandy Lane (Brownlow) to A34 West Road (Congleton).Pronounce SANDBACH as SAND-BATCHCreated at 9:39Updated at 9:3909:24″300 tonnes of salt” used on city roadsA Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said:Since Sunday we have used over 300 tonnes of salt on our network, this works out at around 64 runs for our gritting team in x4 days.” 09:20Latest on accident in KeeleSlow traffic due to accident on A525 Keele Road in both directions near Gallowstree Lane.09:17Latest from Manchester AirportStatement from Manchester Airport (Image: Manchester Airport)09:15Severe delays on A53Severe delays and queueing traffic due to snow on A53 Cobridge Road from B5051 Clay Lake (Endon) to A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent). Travel time is 50 mins minutes.Snow and ice on the road as well as reports of several pedestrian lights through Holden Bridge being stuck on red due to frozen buttons.09:11Waterloo Road busy Waterloo Road busy but moving from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). 09:07Accident reported at Keele RoundaboutA two vehicle accident is reported at Keele roundabout09:06Delays reported on Clay Lake between Endon and Brown Edge Delays are reported on Clay Lake between Endon and Brown Edge 08:54Latest from Manchester AirportA Manchester Airport spokesman said:The runway is temporarily closed whilst our airfield team works to clear the snow. Please check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport. The Runway Visitor Park will be closed today whilst we focus our efforts on our core operations.” 08:51Latest from Cheshire EastA Cheshire East Council spokesman said:All gritting routes were treated during the day, evening & overnight, with ploughing continuing today on the higher routes. The A54 & A537 remain closed to traffic although access remains to Wincle and Wildboarclough. The B5470 to Whaley Bridge is open & passable with care.”last_img read more

CoreLogic to Redistribute GSE Credit Risk Transfer Data

first_img Share Company News CoreLogic Fannie Mae Freddie Mac 2018-02-04 David Wharton February 4, 2018 603 Views CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider, announced it is redistributing credit risk transfer (CRT) loan-level data from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The CRT redistribution will include Fannie Mae’s Connecticut Avenue Securities (CAS) data and Freddie Mac’s Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR), STACR SPISM, Whole Loan Securities (WLSSM), and Seasoned Credit Risk Transfer Trust (SCRT) data. CoreLogic is providing this data from both GSEs to new and existing CoreLogic Non-Agency RMBS clients at no additional charge.In addition, the industry-leading RiskModel by CoreLogic is being enhanced to seamlessly integrate the reference pool data for Freddie Mac’s STACR and Fannie Mae’s CAS programs. This will streamline RiskModel risk analysis capabilities for participants in both programs.“A growing number of our clients are now participating in risk sharing structures and are looking for easier ways to analyze risk,” said Shaleen Khatod, Executive, Data Solutions, at CoreLogic. “To the extent they are using our RiskModel, or their own models, our clients will benefit from our ability to redistribute this data as this asset class continues to grow. We are excited about providing clients with the ability to combine CRT data with RiskModel to further improve their analytical capabilities.”center_img in Government, Headlines, News CoreLogic to Redistribute GSE Credit Risk Transfer Datalast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Lanesborough is celebrating the return of the Wimbledon Championship in 2016 with the introduction of their Wimbledon Package – a personlised experience with former World No. 1 and Wimbledon and US Open Champion, Stan Smith. The two-night experience costs from £5000 for a Junior Suite for two people, and includesThe special stay begins in Celeste with a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings from Executive Chef Florian Favario, followed by a night of luxury in one of The Lanesborough’s suites. The following day, guests can enjoy a breakfast with Stan in Céleste, where he will discuss and preview the day’s scheduled matches.Guests will then travel to Wimbledon to watch the day’s ladies semi-final matches on Centre Court, before joining Stan on a personal tour of Wimbledon, replete with all the anecdotes of a former champion. Finally, each guest will receive a gift package including autographed memorabilia and official Wimbledon merchandise.The Wimbledon Package includes:• Luxury accommodation for two guests for two nights, including English breakfast in Céleste Restaurant and breakfast with Stan Smith on match day• Two Centre Court Debenture tickets to the Ladies’ semi-final match on Thursday 7 July• Five-course dinner for two with wine pairings in Céleste• Tour of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club during the day, with Stan Smith• Transfer to and from Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club• Autographed memorabilia and official Wimbledon merchandise• A chilled bottle of champagne in your room upon arrival• British Strawberries and Cream arrival amenityGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Two Congress MPs on Tuesday withdrew their plea in the Supreme Court challenging rejection of the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

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